Monday 24 June 2024


Today, we remember Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, three courageous young civil rights workers who were tragically murdered on June 21, 1964. Their lives were taken by members of the Ku Klux Klan as they fought to register Black voters in Mississippi, a brave act of defiance against the entrenched racism and injustice of the time.

Schwerner and Goodman, who were both white, traveled with Chaney, who was African-American, on a trip passing through Philadelphia, Mississippi. They were pulled over by a local sheriff, who was a member of the Klan. Although they eventually were released and set out on their trip, the three men were later stopped and taken to a secluded area where they were shot and buried.

Since their killings, the three civil rights workers have been widely viewed as prominent figures of the movement.

These men sacrificed everything for the cause of equality and civil rights. Their legacy reminds us of the high price of freedom and the ongoing struggle for justice. Let us honor their memory by continuing to fight against discrimination and standing up for the rights of all people.

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